Category: Europe

Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

“We invoke the name of Allah to bless a meal. We invoke His name before opening a book we are about to read. We invoke His name to anticipate an action. We invoke His name to mark a ritual slaughter. Why do all religions put such a focus on the name of this or that […]

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Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on FEBRUARY 17, 2015*Updated on February 24, 2015 w/new related pieces:  The self-styled ‘Islamic State’ Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts. I keep seeing some assertions about it that strike me as exaggerated […]

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Obama’s God Talk ‘Doesn’t Stand a Chance’ in a Polarized America (via RNS)

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on FEBRUARY 16, 2015:  WASHINGTON (RNS) After taking heat from the religious right for saying Christians and Muslims have all committed horrors in God’s name, President Obama is now angering the religious left with an upcoming White House conference on combating ”violent extremism” that seems to focus only on Muslims. The […]

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Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by PENDA MBOW for SUD ONLINE on JANUARY 15, 2015 *originally published in French, translated here in English:  The time has come, a week after the tragic and inexcusable events in Paris, the killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the taking of hostages in a Hypercacher supermarket, to begin an honest debate among all, […]

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WATCH: Chapel Hill Vs Copenhagen – Which Is Terrorism? (Russell Brand, The Trews)

WATCH: Chapel Hill Vs Copenhagen – Which Is Terrorism? (Russell Brand, The Trews)

[ 0 ] February 16, 2015 |

by RUSSELL BRAND on FEBRUARY 16, 2015: Chapel Hill Vs Copenhagen – Which Is Terrorism? Russell Brand The Trews (E257) Reaction to the media coverage of the Chapel Hill killings last week and the shootings in Copenhagen. Subscribe Here Now and send links to video news items of topical stories that you’d like me to analyse. […]

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WATCH: Nathan Brown on Building a Better Post-Oslo Era

WATCH: Nathan Brown on Building a Better Post-Oslo Era

[ 0 ] February 10, 2015 |

by NATHAN BROWN for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on FEBRUARY 4, 2015:   There is little argument among Palestinians that they are in the midst of a political turning point. It is clear to all what they are turning away from: the Oslo era in which they were governed by a series of makeshift […]

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Vladimir Belyakov: Egypt Was Always an Attraction for Russia

Vladimir Belyakov: Egypt Was Always an Attraction for Russia

[ 0 ] February 10, 2015 |

Russian historian Vladimir Belyakov sees an inevitable rise in the profile of Egyptian-Russian relations  (Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi  Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting this week in Cairo) by DINA EZZAT for AHRAM ONLINE on FEBRUARY 10, 2015:  “Cairo is a very big city with 14,000 streets; each street has two gates … some streets have […]

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WATCH: Muslim Minorities and Religious Freedom — Panel 1: Europe

[ 0 ] February 2, 2015 |

via BERKLEY CENTER FOR RELIGION, PEACE & WORLD AFFAIRS (RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PROJECT) on DECEMBER 15, 2014:  How has the persecution of Muslim minorities affected their well-being in Europe and North America, the overall health of Muslim-majority nations, and the growth of violent Islamist extremism? Are Muslim minorities developing theologies that can bolster religious freedom, stable democracy, […]

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After Charlie Hebdo: Faculty Discuss the Challenge to Freedom of Expression

After Charlie Hebdo: Faculty Discuss the Challenge to Freedom of Expression

[ 0 ] January 27, 2015 |

by GEOFFREY MOCK for DUKE TODAY on JANUARY 27, 2015:  Expressing solidarity with those killed at France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine and the aftermath is an easy step. More challenging, Duke faculty say, is making sense of these events, and figuring out what to do next to protect free speech and change the transition from alienation […]

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Reasonable Accommodations & Minority Religious Freedom in the U.S. & Canada: What Have We Learned?

Reasonable Accommodations & Minority Religious Freedom in the U.S. & Canada: What Have We Learned?

[ 0 ] January 26, 2015 |

“The term “Reasonable Accommodation” has emerged in the last decade as a major innovation in the legal and political culture of liberal democratic nation states. Facing growing ethnic and cultural diversity, resulting from migrations that transformed their socio-demographic maps, liberal societies confront the imperative of accommodating minorities that are ambivalent about integration into the “national […]

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